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Posted by Voyager Sopris Learning on Oct 19, 2017
October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month. During this month, we celebrate the stories of the many people who have overcome challenges associated with dyslexia to be more. Some of these people have gone on to lead incredibly remarkable lives, like Richard Branson, Pablo Picasso, Henry Winkler, Agatha Christie, Octavia Spencer, Tim Tebow, and Steven Spielberg—showing they are not defined by their diagnosis.
Each of their stories had a starting point and pivotal moment.
For students with dyslexia and other reading challenges, the struggle to read can make the day-to-day demands of school frustrating and challenging. These students often lack self-confidence and question their abilities. Even more frustrating, without a diagnosis, parents and teachers often are puzzled about why students, who are bright and full of potential, are not meeting their academic goals.
Dylan was one of those students. His starting point was in elementary school, where he struggled to read. After years of searching for an answer, he was diagnosed with dyslexia. Unfortunately, his school system did not have a program to support his diagnosis. Dylan’s pivotal moment came when his parents learned a neighboring school district had a well-trained teacher with a research-based program to meet his needs. They enrolled him, even though attending the school would require an hour’s drive each way.
At his new school, Dylan was introduced to LANGUAGE!® Live, a research-based language arts program for struggling students in grades 5–12. Dylan’s mother said the program closely matched what he had been missing throughout the years. The multifaceted approach of book work and computer work kept Dylan engaged and helped him build confidence in his own abilities to achieve more.
Incorporating all components of instruction and instructional approaches from The Dyslexia Handbook: Procedure Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders, LANGUAGE! Live can meet the needs of students with dyslexia, as well as other struggling readers.
Dylan’s mom says, “LANGUAGE! Live has just been so good about resourcing her (the teacher) and what she needs and then she’s passing that on to the parent on what we can do at home as well on the computer trainings.”
Working with LANGUAGE! Live and a well-trained teacher, Dylan rapidly progressed. At the end of the school year, he felt so good about his accomplishments that he anticipated being moved into honors classes. For Dylan, the sky’s the limit, and we cannot wait to see where life takes him and many more students like him.
Dylan’s story illustrates literacy is possible and students can overcome their learning diagnoses and challenges to be more, achieve more and realize their full potential!
Visit believeliteracyispossible.com for more information, stories about student success, and helpful resources. Join us this fall as we celebrate the potential in every student.
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